Thursday, October 16, 2014

Khurasan Femmes Fatales

I agreed to paint some more pre-release Khurasan minis, this time a team of female sci-fi bounty hunters:

Some nice variety here: a few fully-armoured hardasses, a couple of helmetless characters, one hoody-wearing rogue-type and a um, "dog thing".  I'll admit to being a biased source, but these are definitely more of the super-fine-featured 15 mm sculpts that Khurasan is becoming known for.  A real challenge for anyone who thinks they have a steady painting hand!  Hopefully I can get them done toute suite so you can get a better look at them.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Shady Characters

Sci-Fi Rogues
15 mm

The female mini was The Ion Age's monthly giveaway for July.  Nice sculpt, it would be pretty static but the sideways look gives it "direction" (yeah, I think about these things).  And I like the tough girl pose and the big gun :)  I picked a 70's-esque brown and orange pallette just to get away from the clean white armour on the catalog paint job.  The male figure is from The Ion Age's "The Betrayers", a nice assortment of scruffy brigands.  His hand was mis-molded and I broke his leg off un-basing him, so some green stuff was badly needed...

"I don't think I've seen one that big before! Just keep shooting!"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It Has Legs?!

Corbal Mobile Hardpoint
15 mm scale

While the Corbal Deployable Hardpoint provides ground troops with instant fortification and fire support, its static nature is unsuitable for a constantly-advancing planetary invasion force.  The Corbal Mobile Hardpoint is hardly the fastest-moving vehicle on the battlefield, but it can at least advance into newly captured territory, and its monolithic 11m stature makes even disciplined opponents consider retreat or surrender. Once a permanent position is established, the Corbal tower unit can be mounted as base defense or loaded back on a dropship for further service.

I knew I wanted to do this conversion as soon as I saw the Corbal on The Ion Age blog.  But I was stumped as to how to make the legs... my plasticard scratch-building skills are pretty sad and I'm too cheap to buy a whole other model just for its legs.  Fortunately, there's a ready source of interesting plastic shapes... Lego!  

I bought some promising-looking pieces off of eBay and started cutting: 

I'll freely admit these legs don't make a lot of sense mechanically, but I think we're well into "rule of cool" territory here anyway.  I also wanted the conversion to be "reversible" so the legs and belly details are mounted on an inverted 40 mm GW base that attaches to the Corbal's underside with a magnet and pins:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Skin in the game

Flayed Fanatics
15 mm

Ain't logical. Cuttin' on his own face, rapin' and murdering.  Hell, I'll kill a man in a fair fight...  But these Reavers, last ten years they show up like the bogeyman from stories. Eating people alive? Where's that get fun?
- Jayne Cobb

"Grr Argh!"

Once again, I got a chance to paint some pre-release Khurasan figures.  These are "The Flayed, which are fallen human followers of the false prophet who have their flesh flayed off and fight with berserk frenzy until they die".  Pretty gruesome stuff, but most fitting for what is apparently going to be a "Hollywood-style book of Revelations" type post-apocalyptic range.
"Mulder, how is that even possible?  They should be dead or in shock!" "Less questions more bullets, Scully!"

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Ion Age gluttony!

TWO boxes arrived from The Ion Age today... one I ordered, the other turned out to be a birthday gift from my brother.  Score!  The haul:

The tower in the back is a "Corbal Deployable Hardpoint".  Let's just say I've got some special conversion plans for that one...  The shelters are cozy polygonal homes for a military expedition, hard-scrabble terraformers, xenoarchaeologists etc.

Havelock Battlesuit.  It's a beast.

A nice bonus: some interesting free sample figures from Alternative Armies.
Anyway, enough pics of unpainted stuff.  Hopefully I'll be able to show you some finished work in the next few months.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hell Divers Squad

Hell Divers
15 mm

Well my squad is finished, with some lovely floral bases as a bonus.  Time for some action shots...

Troopers emerge from rocky cover into a vicious firefight.
Sgt. Barnes prepares to messily dispatch two unwary Chloros.
Another day, another planet: the squad advances past a mysterious alien facility.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hell Divers WIP, and a gift

Hell Divers are fantastic.  Really.  I'm working on another six right now and as good as the sculpts are, I think what I like most is no doubles!  I'm pretty sure that in the three packs I bought (Alpha, Bravo and Omega squads) every figure is a different sculpt, so no bending arms and cutting heads to avoid your squad looking like a chorus line.

Obviously I'm painting these to match my previous four, so lots of Ordic Olive/Okavango Swamp.

Robot Monster (redux)
15 mm

I enjoyed painting this Khurasan figure again, this time as a birthday present for my brother.  Retro-licious!  I have to say I got a lot of use out of these packs...